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Thinking of Refinancing Before the Fed Resumes Hiking Rates?

Thinking of Refinancing Before the Fed Resumes Hiking Rates?

When the U.S. Federal Reserve hiked interest rates in December for the first time since 2006, it seemed that mortgage rates would likely rise over the coming months. The Fed had projected four rate hikes in 2016, and traditionally, higher interest rates lead to higher mortgage rates. Surprisingly, however, 30-year mortgage rates were lower ...

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Take that Paycheck and Stash It: How to Save a Raise
April 11, 2016

Take that Paycheck and Stash It: How to Save a Raise

Your salary might not be jumping right now at the rate you’d like, but if long-held economic theory wins out, as the job market tightens, wages will rise. What will you ...

Investor Movement Index (IMX) for March 2016
April 4, 2016

Investor Movement Index (IMX) for March 2016

Retail traders tracked by TD Ameritrade remained cautious in March, cutting back on their equity market exposure for the third month in a row, according to...

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Slow Inflation: What’s the Wage Growth Tipping Point for the Fed?
April 4, 2016

Slow Inflation: What’s the Wage Growth Tipping Point for the Fed?

The Federal Reserve is performing a delicate balancing act as it steadies the course of the U.S. economy. As inflation shows signs of what the Fed calls “stirrings” ...

The Fed Up Close: The Changing Face Of Monetary Policy
March 31, 2016

The Fed Up Close: The Changing Face Of Monetary Policy

Job title: Federal Reserve Chair. Job description: In charge of the nation's monetary policy, must testify before Congress on a semiannual basis, meet with ...

Are Wages Really Stagnating? The Federal Reserve’s Puzzle
March 28, 2016

Are Wages Really Stagnating? The Federal Reserve’s Puzzle

The conundrum at the Federal Reserve has been wage growth, or rather wage stagnation. When an economy is on the upswing, as the U.S. economy clearly is, wages ...

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Sector Spotlight: Energy Refiners Shine as Crude Oil Sinks
March 21, 2016

Sector Spotlight: Energy Refiners Shine as Crude Oil Sinks

Go ahead and blame all the market's ills on oil. Although it may be an exaggeration, the correlation between crude oil and U.S. equities has spiked over the last few ...

Crude Oil & Equities Correlation: What’s It Mean for Your Strategy?
March 14, 2016

Crude Oil & Equities Correlation: What’s It Mean for Your Strategy?

Some equities market investors might never have intended to follow crude oil and may not know the Permian Basin from the Bakken Formation. But with ...

Income Investing with Exchange-Traded Funds: Can It Be Done?
March 9, 2016

Income Investing with Exchange-Traded Funds: Can It Be Done?

That’s right. ETFs have matured, but they’re not done evolving. Morningstar’s Scott Burns urges income-seeking investors to expand their minds and their...

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The Butterfly Effect: Using Intermarket Analysis and ETFs
March 8, 2016

The Butterfly Effect: Using Intermarket Analysis and ETFs

Commodities flutter and real estate stocks react, sometimes in unexpected locales. That means intermarket analysis and broad ETFs can be...

Small World with ETFs: Access Emerging and Frontier Markets
March 7, 2016

Small World with ETFs: Access Emerging and Frontier Markets

Exchange-traded funds give little guys a shot in the big world of emerging and frontier markets. Travel advisories may apply.

Put Stocks to the Test: First-Date Interviews for Candidates
March 7, 2016

Put Stocks to the Test: First-Date Interviews for Candidates

Stock picking is a little like dating. Plenty of fish. Big sea. And, yes, changing tide. And just like the dozens of dating sites that slap a formula on matchmaking ...

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Confused By IRA Rollovers? No Time? We Can Help
February 29, 2016

Confused By IRA Rollovers? No Time? We Can Help

A job change can be an exciting opportunity and yet one of life’s high-stress interrupters. When packing up to move on, it’s not easy to remember to scoop up ...

Biotech Stocks: Search for an Immunotherapy Cancer Cure
February 22, 2016

Biotech Stocks: Search for an Immunotherapy Cancer Cure

Like the idea of growth stocks that could reshape the medical frontier? Growth-oriented investors with an eye for the long term and an appetite for risk often explore ...

Goal Planning: Too Obsessed With Stock Benchmarks?
February 18, 2016

Goal Planning: Too Obsessed With Stock Benchmarks?

Report cards. Leader boards. Exit polls. We all tend to be a little “score” obsessed. And on Wall Street that often means an obsession with stock benchmarks.

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High-Yield Low-Beta Treasure Hunt
February 12, 2016

High-Yield Low-Beta Treasure Hunt

This market is pretty confusing, right? Even the most seasoned traders are struggling to find confidence in which direction we are headed. One thing I noticed...

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